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Teen In Christopher Jones’ Murder Goes To Juvenile Court

| October 10, 2009, 08:59 AM | 2 Comments

Judge Wachs Waffles, Sides With Defendant

Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Wachs cut Javel George a break in killing of Crofton teen.

Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Wachs cut Javel George a break in killing of Crofton teen.

In yet another astounding display of justice run amok, Circuit Court Judge, J. Michael Wachs has effectively reduced the potential sentence of a teen accused of killing Christopher Jones to a few years.

While prosecutors and the family of Christopher Jones argued that he should be tried as an adult (as he was charged) for the brutal attack (and subsequent death) of Christopher Jones last May, Judge Wachs said he felt it would be better to try him in juvenile court.

George has been held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center and was ordered to be transferred to a juvenile facility. As an adult, George cold have served up to ten years in prison. As a juvenile, he can not be held any longer than his 21st birthday–a birthday that Christopher Jones will never see.

This is yet another travesty of justice in Maryland. While Judge Wachs feels he is doing the right thing by allowing Javel George a shot at rehabilitation, the message is clear–there are very few consequences for serious crimes in Anne Arundel County, particularly if you are under 18.

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  1. P. Ruehs says:

    This is the same mantality that allowed Lovelle Mixon to murder four police officer – a dangerous, violent, repeat offender with a troubled history given a lienient sentenance by an incompetent judge. Is life so cheap these days that murders escape the punishment they deserve? Why must society continue to be put in danger because of a broken criminal justice system? As a society we must do all we can to remove these judges from the bench and not elect the politicians that tolerate this nonsense.

    These guys need to serve hard time – rehibilitation in such cases has been proven not to work. Stats show that there is a strong possibility these thugs will continue to pursue a criminal path once released and most likely kill or seriously injur another innocent.

    When is enough going to enouch?

  2. JWF says:

    And yesterday he was convicted of manslaughter, so now at age 16 (he may be 17 now) he goes to a juvenile facility till he is 21 or until someone feels he is rehabilitated. Quite honestly, I suspect he will be out on the street in less than a year.

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